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Master’s in Application of machine learning in geophysics - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: RSN22J-013784-000626
Selection process number: 2022-RSN-EA-RAPBUR-LMS-210405-02
Natural Resources Canada - Geological Survey of Canada - Lands and Minerals Sector
Québec (Québec)
This Master’s will start in May 2022 and will finish in April 2024.
Scholarship of 17500 $ per year, in three equal payments.

For further information on the organization, please visit Natural Resources Canada

Closing date: 31 August 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. All interested persons are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens, however should an insufficient number of Canadian applicants be identified, then non-Canadians will be considered. To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, you must also meet the following criteria:
- Be recognized as having full-time student status by the academic institution of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Quebec, QC. (Proof will be required before the commencement of the master’s).

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, you must meet the following criteria:
• Be recognized as having full-time student status by the academic institution of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) Quebec, QC. (Proof will be required before the commencement of the master’s).
• Be enrolled in an academic program that requires research as part of your curriculum.
• Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.
As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.


Magnetic surveys are one of the most cost effective methods for geological mapping and mineral exploration. For this reason, magnetic surveys are widely used by federal and provincial governmental agencies as well as the private sector. The proposed project offers new strategies to improve the resolution of existing airborne magnetic data. The improvement of magnetic data resolution will highly contribute to more robust geological interpretations. Not only the decisions made by geologists regarding mineral exploration will be improved and more cost effective, but resulting high resolution magnetic datasets will be trained for a vast range of AI algorithms applications in geoscience.

The student will be in charge of data preparation and their labeling for the implementation of classic machine learning algorithms. The student will also apply variational autoencoder methods on the dataset to test generative models with autoencoder and decoder networks. The potential application of the approach for mineralized zones in northern Quebec will be evaluated by the student. For this validation step, geological characteristics and similarities between known mineralized sites will be studied to evaluate the capacity of the trained networks.

Intent of the process

The intention is to staff one student position for the completion of a master’s degree -

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "in which the candidate must indicate the areas of research in which he/she has knowledge and/or experience. You will also need to provide the following: Bachelor Transcripts."

Contact information for 3 references.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

► The candidate must currently have a Bachelor degree in geophysics or a discipline in Earth sciences from a recognized Canadian or foreign university.
► The candidate must demonstrate his/her motivation on pursuing graduate studies.

Degree equivalency

In the context of student recruitment in the federal public service, experience can be acquired through studies, work experience or volunteer activities.

► Knowledge of fundamental geosciences disciplines.
► Relevant knowledge and experience for geophysical data analysis.
► Knowledge and experience in programming in Python.

► Ability to communicate effectively within a team and industry partners.
► Ability to work independently and in a group.
► Ability to present his/her findings effectively to the public.

Personal Suitabilities:
► Motivation
► Autonomy
► Integrity and professionalism
► Hard worker

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

The Department of Natural Resources Canada is committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population we serve. In support of our strategy to achieve employment equity goals, selection may be limited to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with a disability and members of visible minority groups

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - NOTE: Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment. Therefore, the student will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-related documents.
► The student will need to be enrolled at INRS (Quebec, QC) for this master’s degree, where his/her director is located.
► All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

For this selection process, it is our intention to communicate with candidates via email. Candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

A written examination may be administered.
An interview may be conducted.
Reference may be sought.

You must provide proof of your education credentials. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca/.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

You must indicate on your application if you require a technical aid for testing or an alternative method of assessment.

Candidates from outside the public service may be required to pay for travel and relocation costs associated with this selection process.

Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Sandra Chevarie - Human Resources Specialist Advisor
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